PREPARATIONS are on track for Namibia to host the Federation of Africa Sports University (Fasu) Games later this month.
According to the president of the hosting body, the Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (Tisan), Werner Jeffrey, all the logistics are falling into place as Tisan braces itself to host African students from 15 to 21 December 2012.
“Since we got the mandate to go ahead and organise the Games from Fasu as well as the blessing of our government and other relevant institutions here locally, we have set the wheel in motion and are working around the clock to ensure that we do not fail and indeed put on great a show for Africa,” Jeffrey said.
The organisers are receiving individual countries entries for the Games but there are some hiccups with visas which the organisers have thus far managed well.
“We are in December, the holiday month, and so there is a lot of travelling and that naturally puts some strain on our Home Affairs Ministry, but we are solving the visa issues for these countries who are confirming their participation as time goes on. We have in total 17 countries which have indicated their interest in the Games,” explains Jeffrey.
Namibia’s northern neighbours Angola will confirm their participation by Wednesday, 5 December, but South Africa will be a no-show.
“South Africa have indicated that they don’t have money to come down and Angola will confirm their situation on Wednesday. The idea is to have as many as possible countries at the Games to truly represent and showcase what African students have to offer.”
In some of the latest developments, swimming and women’s football have pulled out of the Games, but karate has been added.
Jeffrey said that the Games enjoyed the full support of the Namibian government and that the organisers were confident that the Games would be a huge success. “National sports funds have been exhausted by the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics while we also had the Cucsa Games, but the Ministry of Sports will be considering other alternatives to ensure that Namibia puts on a great show for the African students,” he said.
The Tisan team for the 2012 Fasu Games will report for camp on Friday at the Unam Khomasdal Campus. Tisan president Werner Jeffrey confirmed that the team had been active for about two months with fitness and conditioning and will be coming together on Friday.
“We have a formidable team that we believe consists of the best players from Namibia’s tertiary institutes who can do us proud. We have the best coaches in our midst and the whole team management is commendable as we look ahead to impress and do well at home during the upcoming Fasu Games.”